Lando Norris delves into McLaren performance after defying expectations in Austin

McLaren have gone from strength to strength throughout the 2023 F1 season

-

Lando Norris has issued a warning to McLaren fans hoping that he, and the team, can continue their impressive form at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix, with the circuit not playing to their strengths.

McLaren‘s performance at the 2023 United States Grand Prix was another impressive showing, as Norris eventually took second place after the disqualification of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Norris had cautioned that McLaren might struggle to get to the same level in Austin as they had in recent races. Now, ahead of the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Brit has done the same again.

“The main thing is with the strengths of our car maybe a bit of straight line braking, but there’s no medium-high speed corners which is where we get a lot of our time back,” Norris told the press.

“In races we’ve always had to push high speed to make up for a lack of low speed performance, which causes more tyre degradation. It’s cool when you get away with it.

Lando Norris on track at the 2023 United States GP | McLaren F1 team

“We’ve got two tough weekends coming up, [with] very few mid to high speed corners, and I think what’s gonna make it [look tough] is the contrast of the last few weeks which have been so good and the tracks have suited us.

“Mexico generally kind of hasn’t so I think we’re just going to see a bit of a contrast. Aston [Martin] and Mercedes are going to be very competitive here just because it’s a lot of stop-start.

“We’ve known it all along. I think we know the tracks that we struggle with. We might not be as strong and some of our competitors might step up. I think we’ll see Aston [Martin] back again.”

Norris reflects on Austin result

Lando Norris at 2023 United States GP | McLaren F1 Team

Norris did give some insight into McLaren’s showing at the US GP, highlighting the difficulty he had in terms of race pace in Austin.

“In qualifying we didn’t expect to be as high up and the race pace was good,” Norris said to the press.

“Maybe not so much on Sunday. I had poor race pace compared to a few different cars – the Ferrari was alright, the Astons were quicker than me.

“But yeah I think we just made use of every situation we were in… to be as competitive as we were at a track we didn’t expect to be is a good thing.”

- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Max Verstappen during practice ahead of 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 2024 Monaco GP – Practice 1 Results

0
As the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix race weekend got underway, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton found himself top of the...
Sergio Perez of Red Bull during 2023 Monaco GP practice | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Monaco GP 2024 Free Practice 1 – Hamilton tops FP1 as Red Bull struggle!

0
Good morning and welcome to Total-Motorsport’s coverage of Free Practice 1 at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix. This year...
Lance Stroll leads Aston Martin teammate Fernando Alonso at the 2023 Monaco GP | Pirelli

Monaco Grand Prix: Five radical ideas to make F1’s iconic race great again

0
Everyone agrees the Monaco Grand Prix is sacred, unique and simply cannot be forced off the F1 calendar. The...
Sergio Perez ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Sergio Perez demands extreme punishment for drivers causing red flag in Monaco GP qualifying

0
Sergio Perez calls for Formula 1 to kill any gamesmanship at future Monaco Grand Prix’s by deleting the fastest...
Lando Norris during 2024 F1 testing | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris has a simple message to fans complaining about boring Monaco GP

0
Lando Norris has slammed fans who are criticising the quality of races offered by the Monaco Grand Prix, stating...
Sauber driver Valtteri Bottas unveils new helmet for the 2024 Monaco GP

All the new F1 driver helmet designs for Monaco GP 2024

0
Ayrton Senna is immortalised once again at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix as Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri remember...
Monaco weather | Total-Motorsport.com

Monaco GP Weather: Latest forecast for F1 2024 race in Monte Carlo

0
The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, scheduled from May 24-26, is set to feature unpredictable weather conditions. As one of...
Kevin Magnussen in action at the 2023 Monaco GP | Simon Galloway / LAT Images

Where to Watch F1 Monaco GP 2024 on TV and Streaming

0
The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix is one of the marquee events of the Formula 1 season, taking place on...
The pre-race 2024 Monaco GP press conference | Clive Rose / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Why 2024 Monaco GP six-way fight for pole cannot be missed

0
Not everyone is a fan of the Monaco Grand Prix because you can't overtake and the drivers simply cruise...
Lewis Hamilton at 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix | Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton calls for two changes to bring back Monaco GP magic

0
Lewis Hamilton has suggested two major changes that could be made to the Monaco Grand Prix to help reinvigorate...
- Advertisment -